Football: Bardsey to rest players ahead of crucial Barskston Ash semi

Bardsey v Pool West Yorkshire League Premier Division sat 31st dec 2011'Jamie Thompson of Bardsey at full stretch to win the ball
Bardsey v Pool West Yorkshire League Premier Division sat 31st dec 2011'Jamie Thompson of Bardsey at full stretch to win the ball
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Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough will rest key players at the weekend to ensure his side qualify for a dream West Riding County Challenge Cup final next Thursday.

Bardsey reached the Barkston Ash final on Saturday when they hammered Selby RSSC 5-0 away.

The West Yorkshire Premier table toppers return to League Cup action this week in their rearranged clash at Division One side Baildon Trinity Athletic.

But Barraclough wants to rotate his squad ahead of his side’s County Cup semi-final with Rimington next Thursday after Leeds United’s Elland Road was announced as the stadium for the final.

Barraclough said “Hopefully we can get this game won and come through injury free because Thursday night is huge. It’s the first time a final would be at Elland Road.

“Last year we got our fingers burned in the County Cup with injuries so this year we will be resting our most important players.”

Adam Rider, Robert Dickinson, Shaun Stevenson, Nick Black and Micky Longfellow scored on Saturday as Bardsey continued their quest for a historic quadruple.

Barraclough praised his players’ professional edge and said his side controlled the game against a decent side.

“You don’t expect to win a semi final by that score line. But it doesn’t matter if you win 10-0 or 1-0,” he said.

“We must have had 90% possession. They ran out of steam because they were chasing the ball for 80 minutes.”

Bardsey’s success continued through to their Sunday team who beat Halifax side Waiter’s Arms 2-0 to reach their own County Cup final.

Goals from Seb Brownrig and Danny Maw saw the side through.

Barraclough added: “If we can get through, to have the Saturday and Sunday sides in the County Cup finals is good work for a club our size.”